Study Reveals Which Jobs Make You Gain The Most Weight

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It seems that many tend to gain weight at their jobs, especially if it’s a desk job, but a new survey by CareerBuilder.com revealed the worst job fields that are making employees gain the most weight.

Topping the list is administrative assistant with nearly 70 percent surveyed saying that they’ve packed on pounds in that field. Engineer, teacher and nurse practitioner also topped the list as jobs resulting in the most weight gain out of the 3,600 full time employees surveyed.

“Weight gain at work often comes from a combination of poor eating habits when you’re on the go and not being able to fit a workout into a busy schedule,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Two in five workers don’t exercise on a regular basis and one in ten don’t exercise at all.”

Check out the top jobs that result in the most weight gain below:

  • Administrative assistant (69 percent)
  • Engineer (56 percent)
  • Teacher/instructor K-12 (51 percent)
  • Nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant (51 percent)
  • IT manager/network administrator (51 percent)
  • Attorney/judge/legal professional (48 percent)
  • Machine operator/assembly/production worker (45 percent)
  • Scientist, biological/physical/social (39 percent)

Of those surveyed, the main causes for weight gain include:

  • Sitting at my desk most of the day – 56 percent
  • Eating because of stress – 35 percent
  • Eating out regularly – 26 percent
  • The temptation of the office candy jar – 17 percent
  • Having to skip meals because of time constraints – 17 percent
  • Workplace celebrations (potlucks, birthdays) – 17 percent
  • Pressure to eat food co-workers bring in – 9 percent
  • Happy hours – 4 percent

To help curb gaining weight at work, Haefner suggests tips like taking regular walks daily to break up sitting for hours, get off the bus/train one stop early and walking, taking the stairs, walk over to a colleague’s desk instead of emailing, and pack healthy snacks during the day.

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